dean-low-bw.png"The Women in Leadership Program in the College of Business and Economics at Cal State East Bay is a transformational, high-impact opportunity for our students to be mentored by an executive leader in the development and implementation of a social entrepreneurship project for a non-profit organization in the community.  This outstanding program helps our students to develop their leadership skills, to learn from experienced executives, and to prepare for successful and productive careers in their chosen fields.  The projects that the students complete also help our community partners to thrive during challenging times.  I fully support this program, and encourage students to apply, and alumni and others to give of their time and financial means to help this new program succeed."
George S. Low
Dean, College of Business and Economics
Asha Rao

Asha Rao, Ph.D

Program Director, WIL

Professor of Management

Dr. Asha Rao is a Full Professor of Management at CBE and heads the Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior area. She conducts research and consults on leadership, negotiations, and diversity and inclusion in a global environment. She has published her research on these topics and presented at many academic and practitioner conferences. Dr. Rao has developed and taught courses based on her areas of expertise at CSUEB, Rutgers, and McGill Universities and received the Outstanding Faculty Awards for Teaching and Service. She is a Senior Fulbright Fellow.

Chitra Nayak

Chitra Nayak

Industry Lead, WIL

Board member Invitae, Go-to-Market Leader

Chitra Nayak has 25+ years of experience across companies spanning technology, financial services, and management consulting. She is currently an independent board member at Invitae and also advises startups on Go-To-Market. Most recently she was COO running GTM at Comfy, a real-estate tech startup, and prior to this was COO at Funding Circle, an online SMB lending marketplace. She was at as COO Platform and SVP Sales Development, and prior to that was at AAA, Charles Schwab and the Boston Consulting Group.

Penny Peak

Penny Peak, MPA

Director of Development CBE

Penny Peak is a development and alumni relations professional recognized for strengths in relationship building, writing, strategic thinking, analysis, and customer service. Committed lifelong learner.